Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief – Review
I always used to think I had oily skin. Only oily skin. Years of experience and dermatologist visits have taught me that I have rather dry skin. And all of my oil stripping cleansers, astringents and the like have only made it drier. My skin will then attempt to compensate for the dryness by producing excess oil. This is especially true on my forehead and t-zone. Thus I embarked upon a search for the perfect moisturizer to control both my dryness and the subsequent oiliness.
I tried various drugstore brands before venturing out into the world of Clinique. It was a natural place to start right? The brand is heavily known for their skincare. Both their website and word of mouth directed me to Moisture Surge. So off I went.
Clinique offers their original (more on this later) Moisture Surge formula in both 1.7 and 2.5 oz jars. They cost $36 USD and $48.50 USD respectively. I purchased the 1.7 oz jar. It’s definitely the most I’d ever spent on a moisturizer. Especially given that a jar of 2.0oz Olay Complete (sensitive skin) comes in at under $8 USD, A 16oz of Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream costs less than $11 USD and of course a Pond’s moisturizer can usually be found for under $5 USD for almost 4 oz!
This moisturizer comes in a nice heavy, glass (or what I think is glass) jar. The screw on cap has the typical mirror plastic finish of Clinique packages. I should note that this jar is not immune to gunky buildup. I didn’t really want to take a picture of it but…FOR SCIENCE
Yeah. I clean this every few days because I can’t stand the gunky stuff. It’s very gelatinous in its texture and comes off in small chunks. I’m not sure HOW they could stop this from happening but I wish they could.
Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief is a gel-like, oil-free moisturizer. When they say gel-like they mean it!
Unfortunately I was unable to locate any ingredient info on this!
I use this immediately after cleansing or showering and occasionally as mask. It has a cool, gel-based formula. It feels very light on my skin, but is by no means LIGHT in weight. It takes a few seconds to absorb into the skin and leaves a mildly sticky residue behind until it’s completely dry. I use about a dime sized amount for my entire face and I make sure to give it a thorough rubbing and a minute or two to dry before I move onto the next skincare step.
As I said before, this can leave a sticky feeling behind until it’s completely dry. I give it a minute or two to set after rubbing it in vigorously. It wears neatly under makeup and doesn’t melt off or become greasy.
If my skin isn’t super dry that day, an application after morning cleansing and after evening cleansing leaves my skin feeling taut and healthy, if not super-hydrated. However, if my skin is super dry I’ve had to re-apply 4-5 times a day just to keep my skin from flaking. It’s not the miracle product I was hoping for. Anyway, the descrption for this item states:
This light, comfortable cream-gel is a “drink” for skin, continuously plumping it with hydration. Fine lines, flakiness, and tightness are washed away. Skin looks and feels happier and healthier—even through shifts in humidity.
It did temporarily reduce tightness and (as you can see below) does reduce fine lines. But I wouldn’t say it was a great cure for flakiness.
This is an excellent moisturizer for, as Clinique themselves acknowledge – oily skinned ladies or those with moderate dryness. I fail to see why every quiz I take on dry skin moisturizers brings this up though, it’s clearly not meant to be the fix for flaky, dry or patchy skin. It gets points down for the somewhat disappointing promises in the title – it is not really long wearing or thirst relieving. Luckily Clinique recently came out with an “Intense” version of this moisturizer and I’ve already purchased it.
Overall: 77.5% (C+)
I’ll be sure to let you guys know how Moisture Surge Intense works out for me! Until then~